Governance

The Australian chapter of the international Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Australia is run by a volunteer committee of four office-bearers and four ordinary members.

Committee 2022

President - Amanda Lawrence is a research fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria and has also worked as a librarian and project manager in the public policy and GLAM sectors. She is interested in furthering the open research and knowledge commons movements as well as contributing to Wikipedia content editing and community engagement. Email: amanda.lawrence-at-wikimedia.org.au

Vice-President - Dr Bunty Avieson is a researcher at University of Sydney, New South Wales. She is also a member of the Wikipedia Affiliations Committee (AffCom), Women Write Wiki and WikiProject Bhutan. Email: bunty.avieson-at-wikimedia.org.au

Secretary - Alex Lum is originally from Hobart, Tasmania, and is currently living in Melbourne working in the higher education sector. He has been an editor on Wikipedia since 2005, an administrator on the English Wikipedia since 2008, and is a prolific contributor to Wikidata and OpenStreetMap. Email: alex.lum-at-wikimedia.org.au

Treasurer - Pru Mitchell is based in Melbourne and works in the education and GLAM sectors, and is interested in furthering the objectives of Wikimedia in those areas. Email: pru.mitchell-at-wikimedia.org.au

Ordinary Member - Tom Hogarth lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has been an office bearer on the committee in a number of positions. Has lived and worked in Java, Indonesia, Tasmania and Sydney. Email: tom.hogarth-at-wikimedia.org.au

Ordinary Member - Jeremy Ludlow is a resident of Perth. Since 2009, he has been an editor on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. In that capacity, he has created more than 1,000 Wikipedia articles, has contributed to many others, and has uploaded more than 10,000 images to Wikimedia Commons. He has been Chair of Council of a non-government school and has many years’ experience as a lawyer, although he is taking a break from the profession at the moment.

Ordinary Member - Peter Neish is based in Melbourne and has worked in data support roles within the government and higher education sectors. He is interested in making data and information more open, accessible, and interoperable.

Ordinary Member - Kelly Tall (she/her) is based in Sydney and works as a data visualisation designer. She is involved in the ARC funded project Wikipedia and the nation’s story: Towards equity in knowledge production.

Past committees can be seen here.

Executive Officer

Belinda Spry (she/her) is a qualified professional with over 25 years in Training, Libraries and Education. As a librarian and educator she has long-held beliefs and interests in the open knowledge movement. Belinda remembers Jimmy Wales visiting Australia in 2007 while she was working at Education.au (now Education Services Australia) and the attention it brought to open knowledge built by and for everyday people. She was curious to explore Wikipedia at that time and has remained an avid and keen supporter. Belinda has spent the past 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector achieving positive outcomes for lifelong learners everywhere.

Communications and Project Coordinator

James Gaunt (he/him) is Wikimedia Australia's Communications and Project Coordinator. He became Wikimedia Australia's first intern in 2021 where he developed The Record: Australian Music On Wikipedia, a partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts which saw 50 new pages added to Wikipedia relating to Australian music by editors at four events. Currently he is completing a Wikimedian In Residence program with the Australian Performing Arts Collection in Melbourne, using their archives to improve references on Wikipedia and train their staff on Wikimedia projects. His background is in libraries, journalism, and research, with a particular interest in music. Email: james.gaunt-at-wikimedia.org.au

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Contact

You can write to the committee at: committee-at-wikimedia.org.au.

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